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Jason Pearce extends contract

With Ricky Holmes’ contract still sat unsigned in Katrien Meire’s office, he is away on holiday incidentally, it was Jason Pearce who grabbed the Bic and scratched his name onto a contract extension.

Pearce had a contract until 2019, but with other clubs sniffing around, Pearce added a year to it, which is very good news. Pearce was influential and the stat on the OS that from the 23 games he started, we took 38 points, and when he didn’t we won 22, speaks for itself.

Pearce is a winner, and we need winners.
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Building a squad

An unexpected name was added to Karl Robinson’s squad this afternoon. Tariqe Fosu, or Tariqe Kumahl Malachi Akwesi Fosu-Henry, to give him his full name, was signed from Reading after compensation was agreed between the Royals and Charlton. Fosu has signed a 2-year deal and looks to me as if he will be a peripheral squad player, at least initially.

Another that likes to play behind the striker, the 21-year old spent last season on loan at Colchester, and gives Robinson another option in his preferred three player behind a lone striker.

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Welcome Mark Marshall

The apparently much sought after Mark Marshall became our second signing, and the second one from Bradford, today.

The 30-year old has had a journeyman career in the lower leagues but really came to age at Bradford and on paper at least is a very decent signing. According to Karl Robinson “he can play off both feet, he’s quick, he’s a winger and he’s aggressive in everything he does. He’s from London and he wants to play for Charlton.”

All good. If only we can keep Ricky Holmes as well….
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Would you hire a new employee without speaking to him?

“Charlton Athletic’s new striker Billy Clarke revealed he never met Karl Robinson prior to signing for the club – only having the briefest of chats (on the phone).” More

Just seems a little odd to me. No conversation on a vision, goals, objectives or what KR would demand of Clarke and the other way around.

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Billy Clarke

Proper football name that. So it’s a yes from me.

The 29-year old playmaker, number 10 they are called these days, became the Addicks’ first summer signing yesterday. An undisclosed fee but said to be six figures, Clarke spent 3 years at Bradford City and played 40 times last season in the Bantams run to the play-off final.

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Plenty of rumours part II

Still plenty of gossip, but still little actual news.

Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday have joined the chase for Ricky Holmes, and Karl Robinson will be looking to tie the player of the year down to a longer contract when he returns from his hols. “I want to build the team around people like Ricky. That is as conclusive as I can get.” said Robinson today.

There are plenty of stories of Charlton interest in players, even bids made, but two players, central defender Alex Lacey and midfielder Callum Reilly, have decided to join Gillingham and Bury respectively instead. Bury by way have taken this transfer window by storm.
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Blades bid for Holmes

So, who is confident that Ricky Holmes will still be at The Valley next season?

The South London Press “has been told that Charlton have received an offer but made it clear they have no intention of parting with the attacker, who won the Player of the Year award.” I think we have seen this movie before..

Losing Holmes would be a hammer blow to Addicks and Karl Robinson. Last summer the club did resist offers for Ademola Lookman, before eventually cashing in on him in January, but any bid for Holmes would likely represent a large premium on the £125,000 we paid Northampton. Charlton have offered Holmes an extension to his contract which expires in 2018 but at this stage in his career, you would hardly blame Holmes for moving up a division to work with a manager he knows well.
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